Apr 09, 2015

By Kim O'Hare

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The City’s Public Works Committee is reviewing new designs of green garbage bins prior to making a decision on a $31-million contract. The existing bins are nearing the end of their 10-year life cycle and the city wants to come up with an improved version of the bins to keep racoons and other pests at bay.

At a news conference Thursday,  Mayor John Tory presented a video of one of the designs being considered. He’s optimistic the racoons can be defeated.

The design preferred by the Mayor is about 46 litres, twice the size of current bins. It also features a lid that locks closed and is harder to tip over.

Tory commended city residents for their efforts to racoon-proof their old bins, but he says it has been a losing battle.

“You name it, people have tried it, but the raccoons have adapted very well to city life,” he said. The old bins are already at the end of their 10-year life span, offering the city an opportunity to improve the design.

If approved at committee and then city council, the new bins will be delivered starting in 2016 at no cost to residents. The old bins will be taken away by the city and recycled.

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